Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has presented a list of his proposed new cabinet ministers to the Parliament. The list includes 21 names. It names three women to head the ministries of health, social welfare and education.
According to Press TV, parliament members will discuss the list from August 23 before they hold a confidence vote on August 30.
Vice-Speaker of Iran's Parliament Mohammad-Reza Bahonar stated on Thursday it was likely that several of the ministers would be rejected by the assembly. "Some of my colleagues and I … believe that close to five ministers proposed by Mr. Ahmadinejad will not receive a vote of confidence," he was quoted as saying.
He also predicted that the rest of the proposed ministers would be approved by a narrow margin.